CLARKS SUMMIT — Signs affixed to lamp posts along the driveway of Summit University encourage students and prospective students to “major in making a difference.” On Friday, Oct. 16, two-time Grammy Award-winning Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline (Audio A.) will roll past those signs onto the Clarks Summit campus with a mission to inspire its fans to do the same: make a difference.
Frontman Adam Agee explained the band has a threefold purpose behind its live shows.
“At every Audio A. concert, we want to make sure that people are entertained, we want them to be inspired to go out and make a difference in the world and we want to make sure that everybody who comes…knows, or at least gets to hear the Gospel,” he said. “That’s kind of our mission and our hope.”
Rachel Gendron, a Summit University sophomore majoring in secondary education, with a focus on mathematics, said she grew up listening to the music of Audio Adrenaline and is looking forward to the show.
“I’m especially excited for the opportunity we have as a campus to reach out to the community around us and invite them onto campus for a fun event where we’ll get to worship God,” she said. “It’s always exciting and encouraging to see people who love the Lord using their talents on such a public stage to bring glory to God, and I can’t wait to have them (Audio A.) here.”
Gendron said her favorite Audio A. song is “Big House,” which was released in 1993, because it brings back memories of singing it at camp.
Chris Kish, a Summit University senior in the outreach pastoral program with a minor in counseling, said his favorite is “Love Was Stronger,” from the band’s latest album, “Sound of the Saints,” which was released this year.
“The words are so impactful,” he said. “We all have sin issues that we deal with. We all are struggling with something. And many times we feel so inadequate to be used by God, but God’s love is stronger than our sin and our struggles.”
Sarah Cumberland, a junior in the elementary education program at Summit University said she has been a fan of Audio Adrenaline, as well as the band Ashes Remain, which is also a part of the current tour, since the beginning of her high school career.
“So naturally, I am really excited that they are coming to Summit University,” she said.
“I love the clear messages that their music portrays. It communicates a story of worshipping our God for who He is and for what He has done. I love their song, ‘Sound of the Saints.’ Besides being beautifully uplifting, it draws the heart to recognizing just how great God truly is. It is pure worship and praise to God.”
Agee, who recently joined the band after the departure of its former lead singer Kevin Max, co-wrote this song with Mark Stuart, the band’s original lead singer.
“There’s unique sounds and beautiful music being made all over creation, but there’s nothing quite like the sound of God’s children singing praises back to Him,” Agee said in describing the piece.
This is the focus of Audio Adrenaline’s live show, which Agee said includes songs from the “classics in the Audio A. catalog,” as well as tunes from “Sound of the Saints,” all of which he classifies as “fun and energetic rock and roll.”
Agee described the new album’s first track, “Move,” as the band’s mission statement of inspiring people to make a difference.
“It’s about getting out of your comfort zone and going out and telling the world about Jesus and making a difference in the world — regardless of whether you think you’ve got the skill set, or whether you think you’ve got it all together,” he said. “God wants to use you, right now, exactly where you are. So don’t wait until you feel like you’ve got it all together. It’s time to go now.”
But the band doesn’t just sing and preach about this concept. It also takes the lead with its Hands and Feet Project, which reaches out to orphans in Haiti.
The project’s mission statement, according to its website, handsandfeetproject.org, is “to provide family-style, residential care and sustainable solutions that fight against Haiti’s orphan crisis.”
Audio Adrenaline fans have an opportunity to help with this in a tangible way.
“We’re doing something real special this fall,” Agee said. “We’re going to be signing people up to go on missions trips down there with us, where you can join the band to go down there and check it out and see what’s going on. It’s going to be really great.”
The Oct. 16 concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the university’s recreation center. Gates open at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 and can be obtained online at SummitU.edu/events or by calling 570-585-9000. Tickets will also be available for $20 at the door. Groups of 10 or more will receive a $5 per-ticket discount via online advance purchases only.